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December 30th, 2014
10:28 AM ET

Relatives of MH370 victims speak out about AirAsia QZ8501

(CNN) - No one can fathom the agony that families of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 are going through - except the families of MH370.

After almost 10 months of waiting, they, too, are grappling with the notion their loved ones perished at sea - but with no confirmation of their fate.

"The lack of ability to close things down emotionally is just exhausting," Sarah Bajc told CNN. Her partner, Philip Woods, was on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

When news broke that yet another plane disappeared this week, Bajc said, "I just started to shake.

"The emotions just repeat. And then you just feel this incredible ache," she said Tuesday. "It's a physical pain through your whole body. And just imagining what all those families are feeling as well, I can imagine it. Unfortunately, I know exactly what they're going through."

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December 30th, 2014
10:11 AM ET

Debris, bodies found from AirAsia Flight 8501

(CNN) - A grim discovery in the waters off Indonesia on Tuesday dealt a heartbreaking blow to families whose loved ones were lost on AirAsia Flight QZ8501, and their anguish was felt around the world.

Debris from the plane was spotted about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the aircraft's last known location over the Java Sea, off the coast of Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo.

Two bodies were spotted as well, Indonesian navy official Manahan Simorangkir told CNN. The body of a woman was recovered, but large waves have prevented crews from getting to the second body, Simorangkir said.

"To the relatives, I feel your loss, and all of us pray that all of the families are given the strength and fortitude during this incident," Indonesian President Joko Widodo told journalists. He then went to meet with families.

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December 30th, 2014
09:58 AM ET

Congressman Michael Grimm to resign after guilty plea

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michael Grimm announced late Monday night plans to resign from Congress, after pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge last week.

The announcement came just hours after a source familiar with Grimm's thinking told CNN he would resign "sooner rather than later," after the New York Daily News broke the news of Grimm's plans to step down.

"After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective January 5th, 2015. This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply," Grimm said in a statement issued shortly before midnight by his office.

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December 29th, 2014
10:39 AM ET

Officials expand search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501; jet likely at 'bottom of the sea'

(CNN) - The search for a missing airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced.

Four additional areas will be searched, the national search and rescue agency said.

Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501. So far, the search has been fruitless.

"Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea," said Bambang Sulistyo, the head of the search and rescue agency. That belief is based on the plane's flight track and last known coordinates.

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